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His Brother's Wife (1936)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 7 August 1936 (USA)
Rita Wilson meets epidemiologist Chris Claybourne and they fall in love with each other. When Claybourne leaves for the tropics to find a cure against a disease, Wilson gets her revenge by ... See full summary »

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

Leon Gordon (screen play), John Meehan (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Rita Wilson Claybourne
Robert Taylor ... Chris Claybourne
Jean Hersholt ... Professor Fahrenheim
Joseph Calleia ... 'Fish-Eye'
John Eldredge ... Tom Claybourne
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Claybourne
Phyllis Clare ... Clara (scenes deleted)
Leonard Mudie ... Pete
Jed Prouty ... Bill Arnold
Pedro de Cordoba ... Dr. Capolo
Rafael Alcayde ... Captain Tanetz (as Rafael Corio)
William Stack William Stack ... Winters
Edgar Edwards ... Charlie
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Storyline

Rita Wilson meets epidemiologist Chris Claybourne and they fall in love with each other. When Claybourne leaves for the tropics to find a cure against a disease, Wilson gets her revenge by marrying Claybourne's brother although she still loves him. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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WHEN BOB KISSES THEM...THEY STAY KISSED!!! (Print Ad- Newburgh News, ((Newburgh, NY)) 14 August 1936) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Brother's Wife See more »

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Budget:

$367,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did very well at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $755,000 ($13.2M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Chris Claybourne: [gesturing toward a portrait] Tough old bird; he had a wooden leg and a glass eye.
Rita Wilson Claybourne: Which is the glass eye, the one on the right?
Chris Claybourne: Yeah. How'd you know?
Rita Wilson Claybourne: Oh, I don't know. It has a kinder expression than the real one.
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Connections

Referenced in She Was an Acrobat's Daughter (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
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Played at the casino on Christmas Eve
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Physician, Heal This Movie
7 September 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

There's always one cardinal rule in the days of old Hollywood, if you succeed than imitate. Robert Taylor's breakthrough role in his career was in Magnificent Obsession as a young playboy doctor. Right after that he was cast in Small Town Girl as a young playboy doctor. So just to keep the variety of roles going in His Brother's Wife, he's once again playing a young playboy doctor.

Bob Taylor spent so much time in the medical profession on screen it was like going to medical school.

His Brother's wife takes pieces of Magnificent Obsession, Arrowsmith, with a dash of The Rains Came and mixes it together for a hand wringing melodrama. What's significant about His Brother's Wife was that Taylor met and later married Barbara Stanwyck. The love affair they had going on this movie set definitely tells in their performances.

Taylor is from old American stock where apparently the men go into medical profession. He's got a doctor father in Samuel S. Hinds and a physician brother in John Eldredge. Taylor meets Stanwyck at a gambling establishment owned by Joseph Calleia to whom he gets into debt. He also has a whirlwind romance with Stanwyck, but brother Eldredge breaks them up.

In retaliation, Stanwyck takes over Taylor's debt to Calleia and marries Eldredge in revenge. After a lot of romantic game playing she's off to to the tropics where Taylor is working with Jean Hersholt on a cure for some tropical ailment.

Maybe there's a bit of Rain in this film too, because folks down there in the tropics do some foolish things. That I won't get into, but it's highly melodramatic.

The women of 1936 just loved Robert Taylor and that made up for a lot of the claptrap in this plot. Viewed 71 years later however the film needs a lot to be desired. Still Taylor and Stanwyck found each other and were married a little over 16 years. They did another film at 20th, Century Fox a period costume drama entitled This Is My Affair which was better, but not all that much.

Good thing that Louis B. Mayer started varying Taylor's roles after this. The man was definitely getting into a rut.


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